von Peter himself shares some of his treasured links.
As is the way in the transcient world that is the internet one cannot rely on what is here and present today will still be there and present tomorrow. Apologies in advance if a link is presented but now no longer works. All that von Peter himself can offer up in compensation is the cold comfort statement that the link worked when it was added. Maintenance of the links will be undertaken ... however sporadically that may be.
This page is very much in a slowly building phase.
Click the appropriate logo to discover and follow the link to the desired location.
A listing of favoured and / or collected figure manufacturers in alphabetic order.
von Peter's favourite manufacturer of 28mm Napoleonic figures. As at time of typing Calpe make Prussian, French & Saxon ranges all from the later end of the wars. Absolutely no one that von Peter himself is aware of comes close to covering a topic with the number of figure options that Calpe do.
Peter F. runs Calpe as a one man band from research, through range design, figure sculpting, mould mastering and making, casting, fulfilling orders and dealing with customer queries. He is a busy man.
Don't overlook the "Guides & Research" section on the Calpe website. It is a gem.
Disclosure notice: von Peter himself is a self confessed Calpe zealot!
Perry Miniatures is the commercial front end of the Perry twins - Alan & Michael - miniatures empire. The output of the twins is astounding and their products inspire deep loyalty amongst their many fans. Multiple 28mm ranges are produced in metal and hard plastic. They'll even sell you some terrain pieces. They also sell their 8mm Travel Battle self contained gaming system, 40mm Peninsular and Border Reaver ranges, and even the occasional book.
The twins also have a reasonably active Facebook page.
Front Rank Figurines 28mm ranges include medieval, late 17th century, 18th century (Seven Years War), Napoleonics. A 40mm American War of Independence range is also available. They tend to not skimp on their ranges ... though limbers and caissons for the Napoleonic nationalities other than France and Britain would be nice. Hint hint!.
The turnaround of orders is normally best in class and the casting quality is great with very little cleanup required.
What von Peter himself doesn't get from Calpe Miniatures for his Napoleonic collections normally comes from Front Rank. Sizewise the two are a good match. Front Rank Figurines also provide von Peter's SYW collections.
Wargames Foundry have been around in one incarnation or another for a long time. During the younger years of von Peter himself they were probably the premier miniature manufacturer of historic figures ... so yes, they have been around in one incarnation or another for a long L-O-N-G time.
Over that period they amassed a mind boggling number of ranges with some of those ranges sculpted by well known and respected sculptors, eg. the Perry twins. But on the downside over the intervening years figures have creeped up in size so many of the Foundry ranges are 25mm in size whereas many competing and younger ranges are now 28mm in size. This may or may not be a problem.
They also sell the Foundry Paint System which basically provides paints as triads of three shades of a colours - from darker to lighter. von Peter himself has never purchased a Foundry paint let alone used the Foundry Paint System.
AB Figures boasts a large and slowly growing 18mm Napoleonic range, a more limited 18mm Ancients (Sassanids, Romans & Greeks) range, 15 mm American Civil War and a still growing 20mm WWII range. The Napoleonics and WWI ranges are the biggies. They put many 28mm ranges to shame.
Sculpted by Anthony Barton. So where in the world did the name AB Figures came from?!
One should never underestimate the aesthetics of the game. These links may help you out ...
4Ground create many scenic items that are very popular in the market place. Much of their items are cunningly manufactured in wood and von Peter himself has not yet been won over by wooden buildings etc. He is an old fashioned resin guy. So the link provided here will not take you to the 4Ground home page but rather to their Trees page. The trees come in a variety species, a variety of sizes and with wooden (mdf) bases and sabot bases which you can use or just ignore. Importantly for trees that will in all likely hood live a hard life as wargaming terrain they are tough. Not the cheapest trees available but often the cheapest aren't worth the bother.
Melbourne based Eureka Miniatures have a wide variety of ranges historic and otherwise figures ... and some of the otherwise is weird whacky and glorious!
GrandManner make resin terrain. Very nice resin terrain but such quality doesn't come cheap. They used to sell both painted and unpainted pieces but as of early 2018 it is just the painted article to be had. Mostly it is 28mm terrain covering many periods and geographies but there is also 20mm WWII and 40mm AWI/ACW.
Hovels make resin scenery in 28mm, 20mm, 15mm, 1/200 & 1/300 sizes and scales. Cheap and cheerful compared to GrandManner but the product is perfectly serviceable and von Peter himself is pleased to have multiple examples in his collection.
Collecting mighty armies of figures and stunning world creating terrain is all very fine but it is the wargaming rules that puts it all in motion.
David Brown has created the General de Brigade family of rules including the popular Napoleonic pairing of General de Brigade and General d'Armee; Guns at Gettysburg and Pickett's Charge for the ACW; and BattleGroup PanzerGrenadier for WWII. Additionally other authors have picked up his rules mechanisms to create rules for other periods.
Piquet Inc. provides rules, supplements and scenarios across many periods. The card driven mechanisms are a bit out of the ordinary and not for those who like full control in their gaming but they have provided von Peter himself with many a happy gaming experience. As a bonus the rules can work well for solo or asymmetrical gaming situations.
Forums and news sites
von Peter himself has a theory that separating forums and news sites gets to be a bit troublesome. So he wont bother!
For your easy listening pleasure while painting or walking the dog.
Places of interest on the World Wide Web that just don't fit elsewhere.
This is the last section because it is likely to balloon out to be by far the biggest!
What it says on the tin. Like all such news sites it doesn't catch all the news. None of them do!
Tabletop Gaming News. A lot of what is reported on this site is not von Peter's style. But your tastes may differ.
The Miniatures Page - or TMP - is both a news site and a forum. Life can get a little robust at times but if it's news on historic wargames your after it's probably one of the better sites.
For von Peter himself Meeples & Miniatures is the grand daddy of wargaming podcasts. A new episode every 2 weeks or so and though they're not often talking about topics that von Peter himself holds near and dear it's usually an easy enough listen.
GMB Designs are the official flag makers for von Peter himself.
If they don't make want you want then have a chat. Something might just get arranged.
TwoFatLardies produce a variety of rules, supplements / scenario booklets for those rules and game aids for those same rules. Sharp Practice is one of those rules. As well as their own rules they also run Rewisswitz Press that publishes rules by other authors.
The YouTube channel above also houses "how to play" videos on various Lardies rules.
Martin Kelly's blog which sadly has not been updated since 2014. But it is still well worth a nosey. Martin has / had close links to Calpe Towers and could / can turn out a mean painted figure.
And how could you go wrong with a title like Befreiungskriege 1813-14?
Dressing the Lines is Roly Herman's, aka Arteis's, blog. A local chap here on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. Being a good keen computer as well as wargaming man Roly has several sites on the web on various wargaming subjects. If I can find a listing I'll see if I can add them here ... assuming that listing is not too long!
The world famous moustachioed Kiwi Welshman residing in New Zealand. Valleyboyo seemingly turns out painted figures with the mere twirl of his moustache ... and they are very fine figures that get turned out. Perhaps we should all ditch our sable brushes and get moustache bristle brushes!
Sparker's Wargames Blog. My Dearest Sparkles is an Englishman lost in Australia undoubtedly so as to atone for his many past sins! The catch line for his blog is "BATREP's of our wargaming activities - big battles 'in the Grand Manner' is our aim..." and that probably is all you need to know.
Carlo is man of great taste as proved by his great wargaming collections.
First there was the "With Pyjamas through the Desert" blog to cover his Peter Gilder style gaming in the Sudan. Then there was the brother blog "With Pyjamas through a whiff of grapeshot" to cover all the other wargaming Carlo and his most fortunate mates play.
Musings from The Warp is the web presence of the rather talented Greater Queeg. Amongst his other projects Greater Queeg is the painter of von Peter's Napoleonic Russians though really his forte is probably vehicles.
Greater Queeg is not currently taking commissions as his family are sadly having to deal with the illness of their youngest daughter - a struggle I'm sure we all wish them all the best with. It all puts playing with toy soldiers in perspective really.
Total Battle Miniatures make a variety of resin buildings in various scales. They also make them for different types of gaming, ie. Skirmish & Big Battles, where the footprint / scaling of the buildings varies with the type of game. What a great idea. They also make Scenic Tiles which are town, village or farm bases with slots for the standardised buildings to sit in - a great idea.
The Lead Adventure Forum is a long running site which is a credit to all those involved. Many others have imploded and not lasted the distance. Much of interest to be found here from new figures to painting projects to game reports.
Olicanalad's Games illustrates how von Peter himself would like to do his gaming. Sumptuous. There's not much left to say.
The History Book Man produces an ever expanding series of E-books on Napoleonic armies. they contain details on organisation, uniforms and even some history. In the eyes of von Peter himself they are wonderful value for money.
The Terry of terrysgaragegaming is a local gamer who gets his handle from the large games he hosts in his garage usually entertaining hordes of hungry and thirsty gamers. A major mover in the local big game scene
Born in Britain. Grew up in Canda. Currently resides in Japan. Plays with toy soldiers. All seems like a perfectly normal progression to von Peter himself!
As well as painting and playing with toy soldiers Robert also creates some wonderful custom terrain pieces.
Ahhhhh ... ummmm ... just in case you've forgotten - von Peter himself has a blog as well as this website.
Simon Miller's blog focussing on the ancient - as in Romans and Greeks etc not old and deprecated views! - and medieval aspects of his hobby. You will find details and pictures of his large and photogenic armies of the era, their amassing and the games played with them.
Also here you can access to BigRedBat's Shop selling Simon's To the Strongest! ancients rules, (free) army lists, bases and other gaming paraphernalia.
Simon Miller's English Civil War blog. Lots of ECW porn to see here. Also details of Simon's soon to be released For King and Parliament rules.
The Lardy Oddcast is of course brought to you by the TooFatLardies chaps. It is available from Libsyn as per the link attached to the image but a little annoyingly for von Peter himself it is not currently via iTunes. This is annoying because it does not auto feed to von Peter's computer via a subscription in iTunes as all his other podcasts do! Another first world problem!
Mark Strachan's 1866 and all that blog exhibits the man's outrageous output be it painting figures or building custom terrain. It should be enough to shame von Peter himself except he is well passed measuring himself against others output - it's a loosing game!!
Some of von Peter's resin terrain was created by Mark when he was at Military Miniatures in Auckland - the precursor to Battlefront Miniatures of Flames of War fame.
The Chasseur - was Chasseur a Cheval - blog showcases Mark's outrageous painting output. Really von Peter himself is not sure where all these productive people get the time and energy from!
Anyways there is also a record of Mark's games to be viewed.
Paul Alba's blog Napoleonics in Miniature is a bit of a problem really. The man takes the already exquisite 18mm AB Figures, occasionally customises them and paints them ... well ... exquisitely! He makes some of the 28mm crowds figures look a little passe!
What are we to do?!
Carryings On Up The Dale gives von Peter himself the feeling of earlier, simpler and happier wargaming times. It's not that the games played are old fashioned or anything. It's just that an impression of genuine enthusiasm and fun radiates from it's content.
Well done that man Colin Ashton.
Aly is Aly Morrison who is one of the Nottingham mafia along with the Perry twins and others. His Aly's Toy Soldiers blog illustrates his talents as a sculptor, painter etc as well as chronicling his games and hobby related trips.
Speaking of Aly's trips ... way back in 2012 Aly accompanied the Perry twins as they paid a visit to New Zealand. Cutting a long story short the 3 honoured guests ended up playing a Napoleonic game in Garage Gaming Terry's garage. The son & heir ended up facing off against Aly and had a most enjoyable game thanks in no short measure to Aly. So if you get a chance to play a game with Mr Aly Morrison it is strongly suggested that you jump at the opportunity.
Coat d'arms Paints are apparently one of the old Citadel - ie. Games Workshop - ranges of paints but with a few modern twists. There is a fantasy range, a military range and a WWII range. There are metallics, ink washes and super washes. They can be bought singly or as Triads – think the Foundry’s base, shade and highlight matched colours – as well as in paint sets – e.g. Ancient Set or Horse Tone set – which provide 10 bottles at a discount. They also have an Army Painter equivalent with their Super Shader range and Brushscape which are textured paints. They generally come in a larger 18mm bottle for £2.30 that seal well albeit that experience has taught that one must be careful not to break the little tab off the tops else the opening process becomes somewhat more of a challenge. The Super Shaders come in a larger – 60cc? – screw top bottle for £5. They are distributed by Black Hat Miniatures out of the UK but are also available from other vendors. They are cheaper to mail order from the UK to NZ than to buy the current Citadel paints locally and don't tend to dry up so much in their bottles. And they're not in those annoying dropper bottles.
Dice of War make dice customised for some armies - currently ancient, Napoleonic, American Civil War, WWII and WWIII and I've probably missed some.
What you get are a set of 16mm six sided dice coloured in a manner suitable to the army and with the '6' is replaced with a graphic of pertinence to that army, eg. the Napoleonic Russian dice are in green and have a golden Russian double headed eagle in place of the '6'.
They also supply tins amnd other bits a pieces.
An extravagance to warm wargamers heart.
Renedra Limited are in the plastics business. When they're not helping Perry Miniatures and others make their plastic figure, moulds etc then they making their own "generic scenery and bases" ... out of plastic!
Phil's War Cabinet shows off some marvellous collections. There's even some images of Phils prior armies though I wish there was more!.
Quindia Studios is one of the electronic fronts for Clarence Harrison. Other fronts include collaborations with League of Augsburg Barry Hilton. Much eye candy to be seen and even some "how tos" on the scenery front to educate the great unwashed masses.
Tony Harwood's does a lot of modelling, much of it terrain orientated. You can follow some of his projects at Dampf's Modelling Page as well as other bits and pieces.
David Imrie's Saxon Dog showcases some(?) of his projects. And they are well worth showcasing!
The Wargames Website is "aiming for The Wargames Website to offer a combined news feed, forum and gaming resource".
Uniforms and the like
"and the like" because there may eventually be links on armoured vehicles and other non uniform information. Basically it's all about what colours to put where.
When designing their figures Calpe does a whole 'bunch' of research. Not only do we benefit from that research with a great range of figures but Calpe also make the fruits of that research available on their website in the Guides & Research section.
Note that this section deals with the "current" figures. Similar information for the "Calpe Veterans" ranges are included in the relevant range page. All the information for the Prussians is currently held in the Calpe Veterans pages.
There is so much useful information here on the Russian Facings of the Napoleonic Era and more besides. If von Peter himself had this information all those years ago his Napoleonic Russians would have been painted slightly differently. D'oh!
Painting & modelling
Now you've decided what colour to apply ... how best to apply it. And what about creating that terrain you've always desired.
Burkhard's dhc wargames blog is another one of those blogs which needs to wake from a too long slumber. But still well worth a visit for the historic posts that are still there to be seen.
Plastic figures mostly of the 28mm Ancient and 28mm & 54mm Napoleonic variety are the main reasons to visit Victrix. The son & heir has some of their Republican Romans and Carthaginians and they are very nice figures. von Peter himself would worry about the longevity of the plastic pikes, spears and other long spindly bits however and would look at replacing them with brass equivalents. This which would be a shame as the plastic ones are produced with lovely details which would be missing from their replacements. Of course talk is cheap when one is not faced with the actual task of chopping out potentially hundreds of pikes etc from hands and replacing them with a more durable equivalent!